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• The NBA London Game 2019 will feature a regular-season game between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks in The O2 on Thursday, Jan. 17. Marketing partners include Foot Locker, Gatorade, Nike, SAP and Tissot, with additional partners to be unveiled in the coming months.

• The Denver Broncos home field is getting a temporary name change to Broncos Stadium at Mile High. It had been Sports Authority Field at Mile High, but the national sporting goods retailer, which had been based in Englewood, Col., ceased operations in July 2016. A search for a more permanent naming rights holder is currently underway.

• Per AP Sports: Burger King in Russia ran a promotion on social media offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to any women who become pregnant by World Cup players. The offer was then deleted, In a statement Wednesday to AP, Burger King said, “We are sorry about the clearly offensive promotion that the team in Russia launched online. (It) does not reflect our brand or our values and we are taking steps to ensure this type of activity does not happen again.”

• The PGA TOUR has signed a deal with Facebook to distribute exclusive Saturday and Sunday live competition coverage, on a free basis, from eight tournaments leading into the FedExCup Playoffs for the 2017-18 season. Airing on Facebook Watch in the U.S., coverage begins at the Travelers Championship on June 23-24. Other events in 2018 include: Quicken Loans National; A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier; John Deere Classic; RBC Canadian Open; World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational; Wyndham Championship; and The Northern Trust.

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MLB has released the leaders by position for the 2018 All-Star Game (as of June 19), with voting sponsored by Camping World. (Voting ends July 5 at 11:59 PM ET.)

American League: 1B José Abreu (Chicago White Sox), 2B José Altuve (Houston Astros), SS Manny Machado (Baltimore Orioles), 3B  José Ramirez (Cleveland Indians); OF Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels). Aaron Judge (New York Yankees), Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox); Wilson Ramos (Tampa Bay Rays), Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees); DH Victor Martinez (Detroit Tigers).

National League: 1B Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves), 2B Ozhaino Albies (Atlanta Braves), SS Brandon Crawford (San Francisco Giants), 3B Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies); OF Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers), Nick Markakis (Atlanta Braves), Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals); C Wilson Contreras (Chicago Cubs),Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants).

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (June 15-17)

1. Incredibles 2 - Disney - $180 M ($231.5M worldwide)
2. Ocean's 8 - Warner Bros. - $19.6M
3. Tag - Warner Bros. - $14.6M
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story - Disney - $9.1M
5. Deadpool 2 - 20th Century Fox - $8.8M
6. Hereditary - A24 - $7M
7. Superfly - Sony - $6.3M
8. Avengers: Infinity War - Disney - $5.3M
9. Adrift - STX Entertainment - $2.1M
10. Book Club - Paramount - $1.9M
11. A Wrinkle In Time - Disney - $1.8M
12. Gotti - Vertical Entertainment - $1.7M

NOTE: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Universal $173.6M international (opens in U.S. June 22)

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Jan012014

Pele, Messi, Maradona Assist In ESPN FIFA World Cup Campaign Anthem Commercial

By Barry Janoff

January 1, 2014: NFL fans may be welcoming in 2014 with the playoffs and Super Bowl XLVIII, and followers of the Olympics are anticipating the Winter Games next month, but soccer loyalists are looking forward to June, when the the 2014 FIFA World Cup hits the pitch.

With some six months until the World Cup in Brazil, lead U.S. broadcast partner ESPN has unveiled the first commercial in a multi-platform campaign to support its coverage. The anthem spot comes with the tag line, "One Game Changes Everything," which will be part of ESPN's soccer mantra as more creative rolls out up to and through the games in Brazil.

The 60-second spot broke on New Year's Day during ESPN's presentation of the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio. A 90-second spot broke on YouTube.

ESPN is the exclusive U.S. English-language rights holder for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which will run from June 12-July 13.

The premiere ad celebrates host Brazil and the history of the sport, with action shots of such iconic athletes as Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona, Carlos Alberto and Landon Donovan.

The spot culminates with some of the current stars who will be part of the World Cup this summer, including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Balotelli, Robin van Persie, and Neymar.

On-field action is interspersed with shots of Brazilians preparing for the arrival of the World Cup. Brazil also will be the site of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Among the legendary players and events in the anthem spot:

• Pele and his triumphant celebration in 1970.
• Germany's Franz Beckenbauer and Dutch captain Johan Cruyff exchanging flags before the 1974 Final.
• Diego Maradona's performance for Argentina in 1986.
• Zinedine Zidane leading host France to the World Cup title in 1998.
• Andres Iniesta's goal, which in 2010 sealed Spain’s first World Cup title.
• Cameroonian striker Roger Milla’s famous dance in 1990.
• England striker Geoff Hurst’s record three-goal performance in the 1966 World Cup title match.
• Landon Donovan’s celebration after his game-winning goal against Algeria in 2010.

See the full spot here.

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